By Michel Biem Tong, Ouagadougou – Burkina Faso, Tuesday November 5, 2019.
A huge crowd converged on Ouagadougou, the capital city of the landlocked West African country of Burkina Faso to commemorate the 5th Anniversary of a popular uprising of October 30 and 31, 2014, which had led to the resignation of the then president, Blaise Compaoré, after spending 27 years in power.
As National Telegraph witnessed the event on Thursday October 31, 2019, the sounding of the siren, observation of a minute of silence in memory of the heroes, depositing of flowers by the President of Burkina Faso, were the highlights of this commemoration.
According to the Head of State, Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, “The popular uprising was an important stage of the nation in that it sealed the victory of the people against the final position that some wanted to keep precisely at the level of the presidency; respect for the constitutional commitments that has been made and the need to ensure our country the political alternation that consolidates democracy and development.”
Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, was a top official within the Blaise Compaoré’s regime as Prime Minister between 1994 and 1996, and President of the National Assembly during 10 years before he resigned in 2012.
Elected President of Burkina Faso in October 2015, Roch Marc Christian Kaboré is heavily criticized by opposition and civil society to have kept the legacy of the former regime.
The celebration took place under the theme, “sacred union of the population with the national armed forces in the fight against terrorism.”
Defense Minister Shérif Sy said in a speech “We must not at any way falter, even less be discouraged or give in to any fatality,” ” Discouragement has no room in the heart of the Burkina Faso’s soldiers,”he furthered.
Blaise Compaoré is a Burkinabé politician who was president of Burkina Faso from 1987 to 2014. He was a top associate of President Thomas Sankara during the 1980s, and in October 1987, he led a coup d’état during which Sankara was killed.
He later introduced a policy of “rectification”, overturning the leftist and Third Worldist policies pursued by Sankara. He won elections in 1991, 1998, 2005, and 2010 in what were considered unfair circumstances.
His attempt to amend the constitution to extend his 27-year term caused the 2014 Burkinabé uprising. On October 31, 2014, Compaoré resigned, whereupon he fled to the Ivory Coast.